Arthur Brown will reportedly engage in full workouts during Kansas State’s Pro Day today, according to a tweet from Draft Insider yesterday.
I am told Arthur Brown/LB/Kansas State is ready to complete a full workout at tomorrow’s pro-day.
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 11, 2013
Brown is one of the top linebacker prospects in the draft this year, and many teams are excited about his range at the middle linebacker spot. However, for all of the excitement about Brown’s speed, there is an equal amount of concern about his size (6’0″, 227 lbs). Brown had hoped to reinforce belief in his quickness while also allaying fears about his strength during the NFL Combine in February. Unfortunately, a nagging shoulder injury prevented him from performing workouts at the combine. Brown has seemingly bulked up, moving from his playing weight of 227 to a reported 240 weigh-in at the combine, which he still attended and engaged the media and prospective teams during Q&A sessions. However, today will tell whether that additional mass is the result of increased muscle.
Although smaller than most of his fellow linebackers, Brown was still one of the surest tacklers in all of college football – once he locked in on a ball carrier this season, player and turf were sure to meet. Another concern is that Brown may be due for additional shoulder injuries in the future. Not only do injuries tend to linger, but his playing style specifically lends itself to this type of problem. Brown is a football player’s player – he won’t shy away from contact, and willingly sacrifices his body on every play. Specifically, he’s not afraid to drop his shoulder and engage blockers…
For Jug of Snyder’s January analysis of Arthur Brown’s draft potential, click here - but be warned, Brown has been climbing the draft boards since this writing and is looking more like a first round pick if he can have a good showing today. And check back later for full coverage of Kansas State’s Pro Day right here.